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2012 Annual Conference

Our 2012 Annual Gathering

Sustainable Cities - Sustainable Development

The Academy's Seventh Annual Conference

United Arab Emirates - September 30 - October 3, 2012

Presented under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology

Presented under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, the four-day program in the fall of 2012 brought together Fulbright scholars and distinguished guests from Europe, North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. 


Our focus was cultural and scientific exchange, bridge-building, innovation, and sustainability -- fulfilling Senator Fulbright’s vision of fostering international exchange and contributing to peace at a time when, all too often, it seems that the world is focused on the differences among cultures, religions and peoples. The conference provided learning platforms from key actors in the UAE society – from senior cabinet level members to students to the board room of top firms. In addition to leading academic researchers, we also had the CEOs of Bee’ah, Ankabut, Integrated Waste Solutions, and Envirolog on-hand to share innovations related to sustainability being pioneered commercially in the UAE and USA.

 H.E. Sheikh NahayanAt the opening ceremony, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan congratulated the delegates for their "constructive thinking about sustainable cities and sustainable development", calling them "imaginative, creative and innovative team of thinkers and supporters" who support such initiatives. His Excellency said that while the United Arab Emirates had embraced the concept of sustainability "quite naturally", "our actions and beliefs must engage with those of other nations around the globe. We are all in one single world, a world that we must all sustain together" to truly make a difference to the environment. 

The sustainability focus of the conference brought together experts to discuss many facets of the topic - from water, energy, society, recycling and technology to public health, public policy, education, and the built environment. One sponsor Integrated Waste Solutions (IWS) enabled the Fulbright Academy to make a genuine contribution to helping the UAE integrate sustainability into their existing and future plans with their innovative solutions for recycling, food waste and water reuse. In a country that has gone from having 1376 cubic meters of water per capita (per annum) in 1962 to having a mere 20 cubic meters per capita in 2012, the Fulbright Academy is literally catalyzing change in tangible ways through knowledge sharing and dialogue that goes beyond the academic to the realm of execution.

Conference Agenda - Click Here to View the Detailed Conference Program Guide

Conference Papers

Conference Presentations

Conference Posters

Links to Conference Announcement Emails

September 9, 2012 - Conference Patronage Announcement

July 19, 2012 - Conference Announcement

July 26, 2012 - Sharjah Sneak Peek

August 29, 2012 - Speaker Highlights


Prior Conferences

For sixty years, Fulbright scholars have been advising businesses, governments, and other organizations on a broad range of science and technology issues.  Since its creation in 1946, the goal of the exchange program has been to honor top scientists and promising young professionals by providing opportunties to conduct research and share their knowledge, while also serving a broader public interest - increasing mutual understanding among nations. A grass-roots organization established by alumni of that exchange program, the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology (FAST) continues that dual mission.

Here are some the leading Fulbright alumni who have attended FAST conferences and programs. Due to space limitations, this list could not include the many leaders in the academic community - deans, associate deans, provosts, presidents, and distinguished professors. 

  • Dr. Gordon Bell, Principal Researcher, Microsoft
  • Dr. Yehuda Danon, Former Surgeon General of the State of Israel
  • Ambassador Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz, Former Ambassador of El Salvador to the United Kingdom
  • Dr. David Lightfoot, Head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, US National Science Foundation
  • Ms. Ana Maria Majano, Former Minister of Environment in El Salvador 
  • Dr. Dan McCleese, Chief Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Dr. Norman Neureiter, Director of the AAAS Center for Science, Technology & Security Policy
  • Dr. Tanja Popovic, Chief Scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Mr. Philip Yeo, Chairman of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology & Research

We also invite non-Fulbrighters to some of our programs. Most have worked with or hosted visiting scholars, and so they share an interest in the FAST network and FAST programs.

  • Sir Harold Kroto, co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996
  • Dr. Saif Al Hajari, Vice Chair of the Qatar Foundation, Qatar
  • Dr. Rita Colwell, Former Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to the US Secretary of State
  • Ambassador Federico Humbert, Ambassador of Panama to the United States
  • Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Former Minister of Education, Singapore
  • Dr. Julia Royal, Director of International Programs, US National Library of Medicine
  • Ms. Latifa Tricha, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Morocco

Conference Sponsors & Partners

UAE Conference Sponsors:

Sponsors or Partners of prior FAST Conferences and Programs

  • American Psychological Association
  • Aspera
  • Boston College
  • Campbell Soup
  • Chicago State University
  • City of Knowledge, Panama
  • Creative Industry Law Firm
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • El Salvador Ministry of Economics
  • Florida State University-Panama
  • FON University
  • Fulbright Commission in Ecuador
  • Fulbright Commission in Germany
  • Fulbright International Center
  • German Academic Exchange Service 
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine International
  • Libyan Students Union-USA
  • Lounsbery Foundation
  • Macedonia Enterprise Development Foundation
  • Monsanto
  • Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc.
  • Northeastern University
  • Pal Kris Winery
  • Panama National Secretariat for Science, Technology &Innovation
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Seavus Group
  • Singapore - Agency for Science, Technology &Research
  • Singapore Management University
  • South East European University
  • Saints Cyril & Methodius University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University at Qatar
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Universidad Technologica de Panama
  • University American College
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Nebraska--Lincoln
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Florida - Panama Campus
  • University of Texas - LSAMP Program
  • US Department of State
  • US National Institute of Justice
  • US National Science Foundation
  • US Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
  • Vestas Asia Pacific
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Wilmington College
  • World Health Organization

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